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Francis J. Raucci, Mediator & Arbitrator, Helena, Montana.

Francis J. Raucci

Hattersley Walter PLLP
33 S. Last Chance Gulch
Helena, MT, 59601
Tel: (406) 442-8560
Cell: (801) 455-3108
Fax: (406) 442-8783
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Recognized to Montana Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Utah

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Special Master


Effective January 1,2016, Mr. Raucci  joined the fim of Hattersley Walter as Of Counsel Partner.and continues a legal career that spans over 50 years. He continues concentrating on an ADR practice that involves mediaiton, arbitration and counsel to practioners in those areas.
 Before joining the private practise “Hank” was Executive Vice President and Chief Labor Counsel for American Stores, the largest food and drug retailer in the United States and one of the top ten private employers, with over 120,000 unionized employees.
Throughout his 32 years with that company, Mr. Raucci was Counsel for its largest operating companies in the Northeast, West Coast and Intermountain regions, including over 15 years with Buttrey Food and Drug in Great Falls, Montana. In 1993 he assumed overall responsibility as Executive Vice President for the labor and employment functions throughout the country.

He has participated in the negotiation of over 500 labor agreements with the Teamsters, UFCW and Bakery Workers unions and has handled scores of arbitrations. He has supervised over 200 employment-related litigated cases, including what was the largest sex and race discrimination case in the retail industry. He has served as trustee on several Taft-Hartley pension and health and welfare trusts with combined assets in excess of 5 billion dollars.

In recent years, Mr. Raucci has been an Early Neutral Evaluator for the U.S. District Court and has mediated to successful conclusion the largest class action case in the State of Montana as of April 2014. In addition, he arbitrates complex ERISA Pension cases and multi-party employment claims.

He recently has been selected as mediator for claims before the Asbestos Personal Injury Trust Fund of $32 billion for claims based on asbestos related injuries and has undertaken the active mediation  and arbitration eof thes cases with several national plaintiffs' firms and the Trust Fund.


Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Commercial/Business
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Labor/Unions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Professional Fees
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA


  • Saint Joseph’s University AB, 1958
  • Georgetown University School of Law, 1965
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School Fellow, 1978

Memberships & Affiliations

Mr. Raucci served as Vice Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the American Bar Association (2012-2015). He is a member of the Montana Bar as well as the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia Bars, and is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit and Third Circuit Courts of Appeal. In the 1980's Hank served as Justice Pro Temp in Cascade County. He has served as Chair of the Montana Board of Personnel Appeals. He has served on the faculties of the University of Montana, University of Great Falls, Saint Joseph’s University, California State and Temple University School of Law. 

 He has served as member of the Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s University and is currently a member of the President’s Club of Carroll College and served as chair of the Law Alumni of Saint Joseph’s University as well. He has written and lectured extensively on labor and employment issues in the public and private sector.

Hank is a Charter Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - an association of preeminent practitioners in that field. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters. There are currently 83 Fellows in the United States serving as Rule 53 Masters in the Federal Court systems. Mr. Raucci is the only Fellow in Montana. He regularly serves as a mediator and arbitrator. In that connection, he is a member of the Board of Directors  and a panel member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, the National Employment Mediation Service, and National Panels with Labor, Employment and Contracts of the American Arbitration Association and National Panel of FINRA Arbitrators.

Rates Information

250.00 per hour - Travel charged from Salt lale City if Utah cases or Helena if Montana cases.

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